Cristiano Ronaldo handed five-match ban after red card against Barcelona

The Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a five-game ban following his red card in Monday night’s Supercopa first-leg victory over Barcelona, the Spanish football federation has announced.

The Portuguese forward reacted angrily to being dismissed during the second half of a 3-1 victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side, pushing the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea as he left the field.

A statement released on Monday by the RFEF read: “On the first account, Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo will be suspended for one game after receiving two yellow cards, the first for taking off his jersey while celebrating his goal and the second for simulation. The club have also been fined €350 and the player €800.

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“On the second account, Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for another four games for infraction of article 96 of the disciplinary code, with a €1,400 fine for the club and a €3,005 fine for the player.”

Real and Ronaldo have 10 business days to appeal against the ruling, the RFEF added.

The Portuguese has been fined €3,000 (£2,727) and banned for five matches by the authorities, and it will certainly be the latter of those two punishments which will hit him hardest.

Because incredibly, thanks to his £365,000-a-week wages (€401,643.99) he’ll be able to pay that €3,000 in just 75 minutes.

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